Simple Definition of absolve
: to make (someone) free from guilt, responsibility, etc.
: to give forgiveness to (someone who has sinned) or for (a sin)
Full Definition of absolve
1 : to set free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt
2 : to remit (a sin) by absolution
Examples of absolve
<no amount of remorse will absolve shoplifters who are caught, and all cases will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law>
Origin of absolve
Middle English, from Latin absolvere, from ab- + solvere to loosen — more at solve
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of absolve
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